Researchers need to know what studies are being conducted. To help with this discovery of data, InterConnect is creating an online registry of studies relevant to gene-environment interaction in diabetes and obesity.
Our approach is to enable wide coverage of studies with a limited set of information that can largely be collated from information already in the public domain. This creates little burden for each individual study while enabling sign-posting of a large number of studies useful for cross-cohort analyses. Meta-data currently included in the registry comprises:
- Study name, contact, reference paper, website
- Study design, timeline, number of participants
- Broad categories of ethnic and racial groups recruited
- Health information at baseline and during follow up, as well as key exposures
- Participant selection criteria and recruitment procedures
You can view and search the registry here.
Email InterConnectRegistry@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk if you would like to include your study in the registry.
The study registry also catalogues harmonisation algorithms from the exemplar studies for re-use, making it easier for researchers to harmonise similar data sets in future.